A still of me performing Hari Smarane Mado (Think of Krishna Always) at our 2015 Performance, in the Mejuvani storytelling style of the devadasis (temple dancers).
SAINT LOUIS ART MUSEUM
Gallery Talk 11:00 AM
Thursday, January 5, 11 am
Friday, January 6, 6 pm
The Great Dance of the Universe: Movement, Myth, and Meaning in Indian Art
Nartana Premachandra, author and classical Indian dancer
Sculpture Hall. Free.
Space may be limited in smaller galleries; please arrive early
St. Louis Art Museum Designing Nature at Family Sundays in April
By SLAMDMM | April 1, 2016
Join us every Sunday in April and discover how people across the world celebrate the beauty of nature through the production of art. Natural motifs are used to decorate everything from prayer rugs and household objects, to the personal regalia of kings. During Family Sundays: Designing Nature, we will explore the Museum’s collection of Islamic and Indian art with hands-on activities and family tours that combine art and nature.
Sunday, April 3, 10, 17, and 24
1:00–4:00 pm; Family tour at 2:30 pm
Special Family Sunday events this month also include:
Storytime in the Galleries
Sunday, April 10, 2:00 pm
Led by Nartana Premachandra—writer, classical Indian dancer, and president of Dances of India.
My workshop at the St. Louis Art Museum:
A MOSAIC OF MANY HEARTS: LITERATURE, MYTH, AND IDENTITY IN THE INDIAN SUBCONTINENT
Wednesday, December 2, 2015 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Vast and varied, the Indian subcontinent has been shaped over several millennia by literature, myth, and religion. In this multidisciplinary workshop, we will discuss how these cultural and spiritual expressions have influenced the richly textured identity of India. Topics will include a brief introduction to classical Indian literature and Hindu myth, with a discussion of some Buddhist myth, and a demonstration of classical Indian dance. Teachers will learn basic mudras, or hand gestures, of Indian dance that animate both the dancing body as well as many Hindu and Buddhist sculptures. In addition, we will relate what we have learned to sculpture and objects in the Hundu, Buddhist, and Islamic art galleries and will engage in ekphrastic poetry. These layered interactions will enable teachers to gain an understanding of the lively diversity that informs the Indian imagination.
Led by Nartana Premachandra, writer, performing artist, public speaker, and President of Dances of India
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.